April 2014

On Wednesday, April 16, Commander Bob Sterling and Adjutant Mike Miranda presented the new John Paul II Catholic School with a lobby United States flag and stand.  We also coordinated with other members of the Military and Veterans Service Alliance of the Lowcountry and presented 14 flags suitable for hanging on classroom walls.  See pictures at our photo gallery.

Each year Post 205 participates in the annual Veterans Day Parade in Beaufort.  This year, as we did last year, we are joining up with members of Post 9 and Post 207 and ride on a flatbed truck provided by Post 9.  This year it appears that we will be represented by eight to ten of our members.  The plan is to meet at the Outback parking lot off of Buckwalter Parkway at 8 AM on Tuesday, November 11.  We will then join up into the number of cars required to take the whole group.  One of the veterans organization's post in Beaufort normally provides lunch after the parade and ceremony, and those who intend to attend that function will ride in one car.  Uniform for this event is Legion polo shirt and Legion cap.  Where appropriate shoes as you will be climbing on and off a flatbed truck.

Samuel J. Bush American Legion Post 207 in Beaufort is holding a Black Tie Affair on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Quality Inn, 2001 Boundary Street, Beaufort from 6:30 PM until 12 midnight.  The affair is being held to benefit needy veterans, scholarships, Boys' State, and the oratorical contest.  See the attached flyer for details.

The Lowcountry chapter of the Safari Club International (SCI) is conducting its 10th annual Wounded Warrior and Wheelchair Hunt Event at Nemours Plantation on Monday, October 27 and Tuesday, October 28.  There is a Facebook article about this year's event.  This year they are making a concerted effort to host World War II veterans.  We received a call from the coordinator of the event who is interested in contacting World War II veterans and inviting them (at no expense to the veteran) to this year's event.

Space at the plantation is limited and the land is ecologically sensitive.  Therefore, the hunt cannot accommodate guests or spectators.  The only legionnaires from our post who will be going are WWII veteran participants, if any, and their escorts.

Click on the following for:

  1. Schedule of events
  2. Links to past-year events
  3. Donation form

The Adaptive Golf Experience at the Legends at Parris Island encourages individuals with disabilities or challenges to learn and play golf.  Disabilities and challenges include stroke, spine injury, TBI, amputees and more.  The clinic will be conducted on Saturday, August 23 from 9 AM to noon.  The clinic is open to all - veterans, active military and civilians.  Call 843-228-2240 to RSVP.  See the attached for more information.

September 2014

Department of South Carolina Annual Convention

July 2014

District 16 Commander

A Piece of My Heart

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices.  We are a network of volunteers established for the express purpose of getting as many WWII and Korean War Veterans as possible to Washington, DC to view the World War II and Korean War Memorials.  Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II and Korean War survivors, along with those veterans of other conflicts who may be terminally ill.

The next trip conducted by Honor Flight Savannah is September 5 to 7.  The trip is at no cost to the veteran.  We leave the 165th Airlift Wing in Savannah Friday, September 5 at 0900 and return on Sunday the 7th at 0630.  The veterans should arrive at approximately 0730.  At 0800 there is a meeting with a light breakfast.  We travel all day Friday, stopping at Cracker Barrel in Fayetteville for lunch and making frequent bathroom stops along the way.  There is a bathroom on the bus, chartered by Coachlight Tours.  We arrive in DC at dinnertime, have dinner in our hotel and the following morning share breakfast at the hotel at 0700.  We depart the hotel at 0800, with a Patriot Guard Escort to the memorials.  The day is spent seeing all the memorials built to show respect to these WWII and Korean Conflict veterans, ending with dinner at a Buffet just outside of DC.  After dinner we travel all night back to Savannah, taking bathroom breaks as needed.

See the attached flyer for more information.

District Commander Challenge and Reelection

John Paul II Catholic School Flag Presentation

It has been proven that having family nearby greatly benefits patients battling illness or injury. Not only is there a direct correlation between the family proximity and the length of time a patient spends in the hospital, but the frequency of readmission also decreases when family members closely participate in the recovery process. Imagine how shorter stays in the hospital and less frequent re-admissions benefit not only the individual patient but also how it allows more veterans to be treated annually.

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, located in Charleston, is one of the most highly rated VA hospitals in the country. The hospital serves more than 4,500 veteran inpatients annually from 22 coastal counties from Myrtle Beach, SC to Savannah, GA. Charleston is a beautiful tourist-welcoming location—with that comes high dollar nightly accommodations. Not all visitors to Charleston are on vacation and can afford vacation rates.  And that is why Fisher House Charleston is essential.

The Fisher House Charleston project will provide a comfortable refuge for families of patients at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Fisher House Charleston will relieve the burden of costly hotel stays so that families can focus on what is really important: visiting their family member in the hospital and not having to sleep in their vehicles or in the patients hospital room.

On November 11, 2014, the Fisher House Charleston project is sponsoring a benefit ball at the Charleston Marriott.  The purpose of the ball is to raise funds for the construction of the Charleston Fisher House.  The attached flyer provides information on sponsorship and attendance and a sponsorship pledge form.

Adaptive Golf Experience

Senator Tim Scott is hosting a Vietnam Era Veterans Recognition Ceremony scheduled for Saturday August 2nd.  The Senator is honored to have the opportunity to express our gratitude to these Vietnam War Era veterans and will present each one with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and a pin.

The event is scheduled in a central location - downtown Columbia.  At 10 AM on August 2nd, the Senator will be recognizing these brave men and women at the First Baptist Church of Columbia, at 1306 Hampton Street.  There is no fee to participate in or attend this event.  Vietnam era veterans and the surviving families of deceased veterans who wish to attend are asked to register by going to Senator Scott's website or calling 844-820-0146 (toll free).

Senator Scott states: "The Vietnam War era was one of the most challenging in our nation's history, and it is truly my honor to host these brave men and women who fought for freedom this year.  Their sacrifices, as well as those made by their families, will never be forgotten."

Archives were not maintained on this website until April 2014.

On July 8, 2014 approval was received for our request to name our post after its first (and only until his death) Commander.  Therefore, effective immediately, our post is the Dennis J. Becker Post 205.  The official ceremony rededicating the post was held at the regular September 2014 meeting.  District Commander Roberta Poulos conducted the rededication.

Click here to read a little about Dennis.

Post 207 Black Tie Affair

District Commander Elections

November 2014

May 2014

Each District Commander in the Department of South Carolina serves a two-year term.  Our district, District 16, will elect a new Commander on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Post 207 in Beaufort, the post of the current commander, John Coaxum.  We will send an email to all members of Post 205 immediately after the election with the results.

Wounded Warrior and Wheelchair Hunt

December 2014

Purple Heart Recognition Day

June 2014

October 2014

The election for District 16 Commander was held on April 26 at Post 207 in Beaufort.  John Coaxum of Post 207 was declared the winner after a flawed election process.  Our Commander, Bob Sterling, immediately thereafter sent an email to the Department Adjutant, Lloyd Woods, protesting the election.  Shortly thereafter, Bob received a letter from Lloyd specifying the proper procedures to be followed.  As a result, Bob sent a formal, notarized letter protesting the election.  According to an email received from Lloyd on May 16, the Department Executive Committee decreed on May 14 that a reelection must be held.  District 2 Commander, Joe Lysaght will be contacting us to set up the election.

The reelection was held on Saturday, June 28.  Our Second Vice Commander, Roberta Poulos, was elected to the position of District 16 Commander.

Veterans Day Parade

The Governor of South Carolina, Nikki R. Haley, has proclaimed August 7, 2014 as Purple Heart Recognition Day and the week of August 2 through 9 as Viola Week.  Violas are rare purple flowers that blossom but once a year and are the symbol of the Purple Heart.  The picture to the right is the viola that is handed out by members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Governor's Proclamation is attached.

Vietnam Era Recognition Ceremony

There were no announcements or postings for December 2014.

Naming of Post 205

Armed Forces Day Dinner

A Piece of My Heart is a play based on true stories of women who served in Vietnam. It’s drawn from interviews with 26 women that were done in the 1980s, and the six main characters in the play are based on composites of those women. Three are nurses, one is an NCO Intelligence Officer, one is a Red Cross “Donut Dolly,” and one is a singer who tours with a USO shows. The show begins and ends with the dedication of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall, and in between, through monologues and scenes, we see how they were before, during, and after their experience of the war.The play will run May 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m. and May 18 and 25 at 3:00 p.m. There will be a special show exclusively for military members, veterans and their families on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. The Center for the Arts is on the USCB campus, 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC 29902.  The producers are attempting to get the Vietnam Wall replica at the Performing Arts Center for the play. There will be a Military Appreciation night on May 15th where only veterans and their guests will be able to attend at a reduced price. Military ID will be requested for this performance. The Service organizations will be able to set up a table in the lobby for the event for all nights of the performance. This will raise awareness in the community about what the service organizations do for Veterans.

The attached flyer contains details about this event.

On June 28, 2014, a proper election was held for the position of District 16 Commander.  District 16 encompasses all of Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton Counties.  There are five American Legion posts in Beaufort County, Posts 9, 49, 185, 205, and 207.  Hampton County has one, Post 108.  Jasper County has none.

Our Second Vice Commander, Roberta Poulos, was elected to the position of District 16 Commander, succeeding John Coaxum of Post 207.  Roberta will serve as district commander until the next district election in April or May of 2016. 

Fisher House of Charleston Benefit

Our post is hosting an Armed Forces Day Dinner at Caddys at Rose Hill on Saturday, May 19, from 6 PM until 9 PM.  Proceeds will be dedicated to our future home.  See the attached flyer for details.

There were no announcements or postings for July 2014.

Honor Flight to Washington, DC

August 2014

The Department of South Carolina annual convention will be held in Greenville, South Carolina May 30 through June 1.  Our current treasury condition will not allow us to send delegates to the convention.